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Preliminary Post-Christmas Holiday Weekend Period Statistics
12/27/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Preliminary information indicates one person died on Oregon roads during the 78-hour Christmas Holiday period based upon known fatal traffic crashes reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). The reporting period started 6:00 p.m., December 23, and concluded 11:59 p.m., December 26.
 
The only reported fatality occurred December 25, 2011 at approximately 6:00 p.m. in a two-vehicle crash north of Eugene on Highway 99. The crash resulted in the death of a 22-year old Veneta man.
 
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported 28 DUII arrests, down from 36 DUII arrests during last year's 78-hour reporting period. More than half of the DUII arrests occurred December 24th.
 
Captain Mike Dingeman, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division, hoped drivers remembered the message to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" before hitting the road last weekend.
 
"The message to designate a sober driver and think of the safety of others hopefully factored into making plans for the Christmas holiday weekend. Let's keep safety on our roads a high priority because we have an important weekend ahead while many people are traveling through the New Year's holiday," said Dingeman.
 
OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUII arrests during the Christmas Holiday reporting period were:
  • Springfield Area Command office - 6 DUII arrests
  • Albany Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
  • The Dalles Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
 
OSP troopers also reported nearly 2,300 enforcement-related contacts, responded to 80 traffic crashes, and assisted almost 200 disabled motorists.
 
Nationally, during the month of December 2009, 753 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher. During the past decade in Oregon, more than 2,000 individuals have been killed and over 10,000 people injured by a drinking or drugged driver.
 

ODOT officials, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police offer these safety tips:
  • If you are planning to drink, plan ahead: designate a sober driver or arrange for a taxi to pick you up at a set time.
  • If you are hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and help your guests be responsible. Don't let someone who has been drinking get behind the wheel.
  • Volunteer to be a designated driver.
  • Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out, and always look both ways before crossing, even at an intersection.
  • Buckle up, every trip, every time.
  • Drive defensively at all times.
  • Be rested, alert, slow down and "know before you go" by staying up to date on road and weather conditions by visiting www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.
 
Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865)